Language and intercultural communication in the new era

Farzad Sharifian, Maryam Jamarani

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Abstract

Studies of intercultural communication in applied linguistics initially focused on miscommunication, mainly between native and non-native speakers of English. The advent of the twenty-first century has witnessed, however, a revolution in the contexts and contents of intercultural communication; technological advances such as chat rooms, emails, personal weblogs, Facebook, Twitter, mobile text messaging on the one hand, and the accelerated pace of people's international mobility on the other have given a new meaning to the term 'intercultural communication'.

Given the remarkable growth in the prevalence of intercultural communication among people from many cultural backgrounds, and across many contexts and channels, conceptual divides such as 'native/non-native' are now almost irrelevant. This has caused the power attached to English and native speaker-like English to lose much of its automatic domination. Such developments have provided new opportunities, as well as challenges, for the study of intercultural communication and its increasingly complex nature. This book showcases recent studies in the field in a multitude of contexts to enable a collective effort towards advancements in the area.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages316
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9780203081365
ISBN (Print)9780415808897
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication
PublisherRoutledge
No.1

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